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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Robert Pattinson & Shakespeare


Should Robert Pattinson do some Shakespeare?

I don't think so.

Should he do some new and revolutionary and bawdy Shakespeare?

Absolutely!




When I was writing my version of Merchant of Venice, and I realized that the actor who played Bassanio must have been uncommonly handsome, and would no doubt have had adoring female fans who came to many if not all of the performances.

I thought of Robert Pattinson immediately for the role of Bassanio.

Also, in my versions of Hamlet, Richard III, and Merchant there are many other roles beyond the actors who perform those plays.

One of the most significant roles would be Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, who was known to be uncommonly handsome. He and his close friend Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex were patrons to Shakespeare, and he was a co-conspirator in the failed Essex Rebellion against the Queen in 1601.

Of all the people who may have been the "fair youth" in Shakespeare's sonnets, Southampton is the most convincing candidate.

I also thought of Robert Pattinson for the role of Southampton.




And I couldn't help but think that Shakespeare modeled the character of Bassanio after his friend and patron Southampton.

And since Southampton, and Essex for that matter, practically lived at the theatre, I would bet that I'm right.





So, what do you think of Robert Pattinson as Bassanio or Southampton?

And for those of you that have only seen Robert Pattinson in the Twilight films -- I urge you to watch Water For Elephants. And Bel Ami was quite good, too.





He is a talented and very charismatic actor, and I think that he would enjoy doing something quite new -- by going back 400 years to some (solved) Shakespeare.

What do you think?

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David B. Schajer